Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
Apprenticeships are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer.
You can employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers and university graduates to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely. You can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee.
All employers must use the apprenticeship service to access apprenticeship training to meet their business needs, filling skills gaps and boosting productivity.
As an employer, you can get funding from the government to help pay for apprenticeship training. You can get help:
- to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment
- as an incentive payment for other costs
The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not. You pay the levy if you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3million each year.
You can find the latest information on funding and incentive payments at https://www.gov.uk/employing-an-apprentice/get-funding
The relationship between you and your training provider throughout the apprenticeship is important. Use Find apprenticeship training to search for the right training provider and apprenticeship training courses.
You can also share your interest in a particular apprenticeship training course with all training providers. Training providers are then able to see and respond to the demand for training.
You and your training provider must agree a price for the total cost of each apprenticeship, including the cost of end-point assessment.
You’ll need to:
- choose an apprenticeship training course at the right level
- find a training provider
If you haven’t been able to find a suitable training provider for a particular apprenticeship training course, you can share your interest with all training providers.
You or your training provider can use the recruit an apprentice service to advertise apprenticeship job vacancies and manage applications.
Hear from a range of local employers filmed at ‘Your Next Steps Live’ about the value they place on apprenticeships, and some of the support available to help businesses employ an apprentice.